Tuesday 30 April @ The Lord Palmerston 8pm*

* Rescheduled from 23 April.

"A movie that combines lurid melodrama with vast improbabilities, sexy soap opera with heartfelt romance, and cheerful satire with heedless raunch." - Roger Ebert

An additional screening in tribute to Spanish director Bigas Luna who died on on 6 April.

Class, sex, and food are the obsessions of this comedy drama that not only inspired the name of the tapas restaurant on Parkway in Camden Town, it also brought Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem to international audiences for the first time.

In a small town in Spain's arid Monegros region, young underwear factory executive Jose Luis (Jordi Molla) falls in love with the beautiful Silvia (Penelope Cruz), a worker on the shop floor.

When Silvia becomes pregnant, Jose Luis wants to marry her, but his mother Conchita (Stefania Sandrelli), the factory owner, is appalled by the thought of her son marrying a working-class girl, especially one who is the daughter of a prostitute, Carmen (Anna Galiena).

So Conchita hatches a scheme to woo Silvia away from her son by hiring handsome model Raul (Javier Bardem) to seduce the girl. A ham factory employee with aspirations to become a bullfighter, Raul's charms work their magic on both Silvia and Conchita, much to the dismay of Jose Luis, who seeks comfort in the arms of his sometime lover, Carmen. 

Related Links

Bigas Luna obituary in Telegraph

AuthorTufnell Park Film Club